The town is named after the Lord Nelson pub, which is located in the centre of the town. The pub was named after Lord Nelson himself visited the area in 1803, two years before the famous Battle of Trafalgar. The original Welsh name of “Ffos y Gerddinen” is not commonly used today. “Ffos” can mean a ditch or a moat and the word “cerddinen” means a mountain ash tree, common to the area and its name in English to the nearby village of Mountain Ash.

Did you know?

This former mining village was home to Wernganol Colliery, which was once crowned the smallest colliery in the world.

What to see

Take a look at the purpose built, free standing, handball court in the centre of town. The court is one of only two remaining in the country and was built by Irish immigrants during the Industrial Revolution.

The town is a designated conservation area as its character and appearance portray the effects of the Industrial Revolution on a once agricultural area.

On the outskirts of the town (25 minutes walk), Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Caerphilly County Borough’s principal tourist attraction is well worth a visit. Step back in time and let the servants guide you around this historic manor where King Charles I once visited.

Where to stay

Caerphilly County Borough has a wide range of accommodation for visitors including hotels, inns, B & Bs, guesthouses and self-catering cottages. For further information please go to the Visit Caerphilly website.

How to get there

To find how to get to this village, click here. Supported by Google™ MapsUK.


Historic building Woodland recreation area Toilets
Light refreshments Public houses Shops
Post Office Accommodation Bus station    

Loops and Link Information

There are currently two distinct links from Route 47 into Nelson. Each provides easy access into the village centre and both offer stunning views of the local countryside.

The first route takes you straight into the heart of the village and the square with it’s striking mid 19th Century handball court. The second link traverses through the picturesque Wern Woodland Park and offers a more scenic route to the village centre.

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